-The Italian maestro returns to Tokyo with Bellini´s masterpiece, after his Il barbiere di Siviglia in Paris
With an international reputation for his work with opera genre, the conductor Riccardo Frizza´s diary continues to be filled with engagements to conduct Romantic bel-canto operas at theatres around the world. In January and February he took the helm at the Opéra National in Paris for nine performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini´s greatest work and the pinnacle of comic repertoire. His trip to Japan in March will mark a change in tone as he will be conducting Vincenzo Bellini´s tragic masterpiece, Norma, an opera with which he made his debut in 2013 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The bel-canto drama about the druid high-priestess –who tries to kill her two children to have revenge on her lover, the Roman proconsul Pollione– has been among the conductor Frizza´s engagments ever since, as he has also conducted it at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and at the Chicago Lyric Opera. This time he will be conducting two performances for the Tokyo Nikikai Opera company in their Concertante Series –in concert format– which will take place in the Orchard Hall in Tokyo (17th and 18th March), before he returns to Europe where he will conduct the same opera at La Fenice in Venice in a Kara Walker production. In Tokyo, Frizza will be working with the Nikikai Chorus Group and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra with two casts made up of outstanding Asian soloists, who he will train in the style, offering them all the experience he has accumulated since he made his debut on the opera scene in 2001, having since carved a glowing international reputation for himself.